By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
My schedule is basically: Monday I clean the living room, dust, vacuum, Febreze the furniture, give it a complete once over, Tuesday is the dining room, Wednesday the kitchen, and so on so forth.
I also have daily things I do too such as dishes, putting toys away, cleaning the litterboxes, etc. It breaks the chores down into maybe 30 minutes of cleaning a day, but my house stays tidy and neat and it's easy for me to keep up with.
By Shannon from Lakewood, OH
I am wondering if anyone has a house cleaning schedule they would like to share with me. I have tried making my own before, and it just didn't work. I would like a day by day schedule. I have found that on a schedule I get more done rather than just saying "I will clean all day today". If you know of a website with ideas, or if you would rather share your own ideas, I would greatly appreciate it. THANK YOU!
Jennifer from Illinois
By Judy S
By Carol in PA
I do these before I leave the house for the morning--
I sometimes manage to squeeze in ironing a shirt or two before I leave at 7:30.
My kids clean their own rooms and their bathroom (with no do-overs allowed) and they also walk and brush the dog. DH Is a big help too. Let kids and husband do their share of the work and insist they keep their stuff picked up! I have "donated" more items NOT picked up and have even resorted to "Selling" it back to a child now and again!
I NEVER spend the weekend cleaning UNLESS it is a BIG job like washing windows, cleaning the garage, etc. I even clean my inside windows and blinds on a schedule (on room a month and I coordinate the dining room with the holidays when I entertain family)
Basement (which is really just a big JUNK, craft, storage room) gets gleaned in quadrants!
I find that organization is the key and creating as plan and then executing it have worked for me! Good luck! You'll be much more relaxed and your house will be a cleaner, happier place with a little organization and discipline. (08/26/2006)
Each day I set my timer on my microwave for 1 hour and start cleaning. I do not answer the door are phone during this time.
I am a firm believer that the most important to a house should be clean floors, no dishes and nice clean counter top.
Please let me know if you give this a try,it always works for me. Good luck. (08/26/2006)
I think you will truly enjoy this website. (08/28/2006)
By Ella P
The Name says it all! (09/01/2006)
:) I wrote the book, and hope you guys will check it out. It's all about keeping your home clean in less time BUT with less stress. I don't think it's effective to get so worked up about cleaning the house that you end up exhausted from it (both the cleaning AND the worry!)
Thanks to SweetCali for the recommendation to begin with.
Take care all, (03/11/2007)
Figure out what's for dinner and set out things to defrost
Make my bed (I change the sheets once a week and this is my 1 load of laundry a day)
Start a load of laundry (one a day)
Clean toilet and counter
Dishes if there are any
Sweep the kitchen
Take care of the laundry
Straighten the front room
Fold and put away laundry
when needed: I do my floors and dust
I've spent an hour on my house most days and now I can enjoy the rest of the day doing whatever I choose. (05/15/2007)
Doing things on a schedule is the way to go. It becomes habit, and build up doesn't happen. You can find some helpful articles at http://www.CommonSenseLiving.com too.
Do all of you fly lady people put your shoes on to clean? Just curious. Happy slobs and clean freaks. How funny is that? We are a weird group, aren't we? (11/17/2007)
I wash my sheets and comforter as needed
Wipe down front of stove and dishwasher
This sounds like a lot, but it takes me less time to do than it takes me to cook dinner. If you do it each week, it takes very little time to do.
Clean entire downstairs (kids have to clean their rooms on Sat)
Clean out car (I keep trash bags in the car so that I can do this during carpool)
Straighten downstairs-We clean up after ourselves, so this is basically dusting, sweeping...
Kids clean their rooms.
Any household laundry, like curtains, rugs, etc.
Because I clean two days a week and straighten on Wednesdays, the house stays company clean most of the time.
Daily tasks are straighten up after supper, feed animals, load and unload dishwasher.
I also have yearly chores like decorate and undecorate for Holidays. If hubby asks me to do something, I just create a task.
As I do something, I check it off the task list. It shows up later when it repeats.
I am not much of a clutterer. I use things and them throw or give them away when I am done. My decorating style is very minimal. Things that family give me are displayed in a way that I can enjoy.
Our animals are outside so they don't make messes that have to be cleaned. The cats do use a litter box, so it has to be changed.
I find doing a little each day keeps the class very clean, and me not tired. I work outside the house 4-5 hours a day and have three kids. I find the less stuff you have, the easier keeping it clean is. Also animals are more messy than children. If they are inside, you are going to have more messes to clean up.
And no one is immune to cleaning up after themselves. My ten year old can make a mess faster than I can blink. She can clean it up and that at least slows the process of the next mess down. :) Keeping her room clean builds self esteem. I don't expect it to be spotless, just no laundry, no food, toys picked up at least once a week.
Now I am off to fold some clothes, get another load going, and make sure the puppy got supper. (03/20/2008)
By Mom of three